Not just a pharmacy:
Harrold’s Pharmacy has a laboratory, doctor’s office and more.
WILKES-BARRE — A longtime family-owned business on Old River Road in Wilkes-barre has grown into more than just a retail pharmacy.
Harrold’s Pharmacy, which has served the community for more than 70 years, now includes a walk-in laboratory, a doctor’s office and a traditional retail pharmacy in addition to specialty services like diabetic shoe fitting, personalized medicine compounding, medical equipment, a home infusion program and patient education events.
Customers can pick up prescriptions and other items and complete their lab testing all in one trip.
“Our whole concept here is to be a one-stop shop,” said Bruce Lefkowitz, the thirdgeneration owner of Harrold’s Pharmacy.
Health Network Laboratories recently opened the walk-in laboratory inside Harrold’s Pharmacy.
A phlebotomist is on site to draw blood from patients. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting in November, said Maria Foster, vice president of sales and marketing for Health Network Laboratories.
No appointments are needed and wait times are typically less than 15 minutes.
More than 99 percent of all test results are available within 24 hours and posted immediately on MYHNLaccess.com, a secure online patient portal, Foster said.
“We like to provide convenience for patients to get the right care and get the testing done,” she said. “This is a very convenient location.”
Health Network Laboratories also offers affordable lab testing for those with highdeductible insurance plans
‘There are so many patients who are home-confined and can’t get out and they may not take their medication otherwise so there’s a real need to have it delivered.’
or those who need to pay for the testing themselves, Foster said.
“We’re really happy because this is an extremely progressive pharmacy. Bruce’s family has been here for three generations,” Foster said. “This is a very unique delivery model for care. Bruce is fabulous and he knows his community. He knows his patients and how to serve them. It’s very important for us to put our patients first.”
Dr. Joseph Anistranski of the Wright Center for Primary Care has an office next to the new walk-in laboratory.
In another part of Harrold’s Pharmacy, certified pedorthist Ivan Davidowitz fits patients for shoes and his wife, Cheri, fits them for body braces.
They bring their dog Eros to the pharmacy and Davidowitz said “it’s a great place to work.”
Davidowitz, who formerly was in business in Kingston,
Bruce Lefkowitz Harrold’s Pharmacy owner
said the majority of patients need diabetic shoe fittings. He also builds shoes for people with deformities and does orthotic modifications and sports orthotics.
He said what he likes about Harrold’s Pharmacy is that Lefkowitz has created a “whole health and wellness center.”
“There’s nothing like it,” Davidowitz said. “There’s a doctor’s office. There’s the compounding. There’s the infusion. There’s the shoe center with a certified pedorthist. Bruce has created a really unique experience in a pharmacy.”
Inside the pharmacy area, some workers were busy preparing pill boxes for patients.
Lefkowitz said this benefits patients who can’t handle organizing their own medications and are often hospitalized for noncompliance issues, either overdosing or underdosing.
“They might be on 15 different medications and it’s confusing so we organize them for them,” he said.
Lefkowitz also showed a robot that counts commonly used drugs and labels them and frees up the staff to do more customer service work.
“This allows us to interact more with the customers and handle other situations than doing this kind of task,” he said.
The pharmacy has a fleet of 10 little white cars that deliver medications and medical supplies to patients.
“There are so many patients who are home-confined and can’t get out and they may not take their medication otherwise so there’s a real need to have it delivered,” Lefkowitz said.
Harold Lefkowitz, Bruce’s grandfather, started the pharmacy in 1947 in a smaller space on Old River Road. He registered the pharmacy’s name with two r’s so the name wouldn’t be copied. It was later operated by Bruce’s father, Barry Lefkowitz.
Bruce Lefkowitz operated it since the 1990s and he said he was fortunate because he got to work with his father and grandfather.
Five years ago, the pharmacy moved to a larger site at 250 Old River Road that formerly was Old River Road Bakery.
“That allowed us to really expand our services,” Lefkowitz said.
Harrold’s Pharmacy owner Bruce Lefkowitz works inside the new walk-in laboratory at the family-owned business on Old River Road in Wilkes-barre.
Bruce Lefkowitz, owner of Harrold’s Pharmacy in Wilkes-barre, said workers can prepare pill boxes for patients who have trouble organizing their own medications.